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Our Reception Letters and Sounds Phonics lessons teach children to read letters and begin to blend to read words.

Letters and sounds



What Are We Learning?

We are learning about 2D shapes and their properties.



How to Set up the Challenge

• Gather a selection of small sticks and pebbles. You could also use lolly sticks, pens, coins or buttons.

• Explore ways of arranging the items to create a 2D shape.

• Talk about the shapes you can create with your child.

• Talk about the shape names as well as some words to describe the shapes and what they look like. For example, sides, corners, straight and curved.

• Encourage your child to use these words to describe the shapes they make.


How to Get Your Child Thinking

• What shape can you make using the sticks?

• Can you make a triangle?

• How is my triangle similar to your triangle? How is it different?

• Can you make a shape with four corners? • How many sticks did you use?

• Does this shape have any corners? How many?

• Are there any shapes you can’t make using the sticks? Why not?

• What could we use to make a circle?

• Can you tell me how to make a rectangle? What do I need?

• What can you tell me about the shapes we made?

• How do you know this shape is a triangle?

• Could this shape be a circle? Why? Why not?

The toys you play with today are different to the toys you played with when you were a baby. 


Toys change as you get older and over time. 


Did you know that your mum and dad did not have a tablet to play with when they were 5. 


Did you know that your nan and grandad did not play computers games when they were 5.


Shocking, I know.


Find out what your mum and dad liked to play and what your nan and grandad liked to play. Together you can draw a picture of it. 

CUP THE BALL | English

Children have played with this toy for centuries. Earlier children would make a hole in the base of a cylindrical can and tie a ball with a string to it. The...

Make your own cup and ball toy.